Movies Based on Books

When you love a book, few things are more exciting (or more nerve-racking) than seeing it turned into a movie. While not every movie based on a book manages to live up to fans' imaginations, the ones on this list are almost as good on the screen as they were on the page. Books made into movies also can be a great way to inspire kids who aren't big readers to crack open a book they might otherwise have ignored. For more page-to-screen adaptations, be sure to check out our list of TV Shows Based on Books.

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The Gruffalo Movie Poster Image
Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Lost and Found Movie Poster Image
Picture-book adaptation will delight even youngest kids.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Stellaluna Movie Poster Image
Picture book gets a sweet musical adaptation for families.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Jungle Book (Animated) Movie Poster Image
Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Movie Poster Image
Adorable 'toon fun for all, no matter how small.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Stick Man Movie Poster Image
Book-based animated short celebrates love of family.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Charlotte's Web (2006) Movie Poster Image
Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Dear Dumb Diary Movie Poster Image
Books-inspired movie has great social messages for kids.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Paddington Movie Poster Image
Charming story about beloved bear has some scares.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Polar Express Movie Poster Image
Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Stuart Little Movie Poster Image
Sweet book-based tale has some emotional intensity.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster Image
Even decades later, one of the best family films ever made.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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The BFG Movie Poster Image
Sweet Dahl book adaptation has big heart, big scares.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Boxcar Children Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, moving cartoon tale based on classic book series.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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When Calls the Heart Movie Poster Image
Book adaptation with feel-good, faith-based themes.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Movie Poster Image
Bright, spirited, and edgy version of Willy Wonka.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Hugo Movie Poster Image
Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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My Side of the Mountain (1969) Movie Poster Image
Book-based movie has quiet charm, some intense scenes.
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(Release Year: 1969)
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Nicky Deuce Movie Poster Image
Star-studded book-inspired movie is cross-generational fun.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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The Secret Garden Movie Poster Image
Great book, great adaptation.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Spiderwick Chronicles Movie Poster Image
Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Movie Poster Image
Sweet book-based comedy has great family messages.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie Poster Image
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Coraline Movie Poster Image
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Poster Image
Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Great Gilly Hopkins Movie Poster Image
Book-based drama has strong messages on family, friendship.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Jungle Book (2016) Movie Poster Image
Fangs and fur fly in visually dazzling but intense update.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Where the Wild Things Are Movie Poster Image
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Great Expectations (2013) Movie Poster Image
Adaptation of Dickens' classic retains book's dark themes.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Millions Movie Poster Image
A beautiful, rare family film that everyone can enjoy.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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The Giver Movie Poster Image
Pain makes life colorful in dystopian adaptation.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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A Monster Calls Movie Poster Image
Heartrending adaptation explores the enormity of grief.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Martian Movie Poster Image
Excellent space thriller mixes peril, charm, real science.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Poster Image
Creepy but exciting Burton fantasy based on best-seller.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie Poster Image
Inspiring seize-the-day tale with some peril and flirting.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Book Thief Movie Poster Image
Emotional WWII drama explores loss, literacy, and love.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Everything, Everything Movie Poster Image
Endearing teen love story is sure to make book fans happy.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Pride and Prejudice (1980) Movie Poster Image
A respectful -- though long -- dramatization.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Tiger Eyes Movie Poster Image
Tender, well-acted teen drama is true to classic Blume book.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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About a Boy Movie Poster Image
Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Before I Fall Movie Poster Image
Mix of iffy behavior, strong messages in well-acted YA tale.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Divergent Movie Poster Image
Strong female character leads in violent dystopia.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Fault in Our Stars Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking love story is a must-see for fans of the book.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Hunger Games Movie Poster Image
Intense adaptation is violent, thought-provoking for teens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Namesake Movie Poster Image
Fabulous immigrant-family saga to see with teens.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Unbroken Movie Poster Image
Intense WWII biopic is inspiring but doesn't go deep enough.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Warm Bodies Movie Poster Image
Despite violence, book-based zombie romance is OK for teens.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Book of Negroes Movie Poster Image
Riveting slavery epic is artful, sobering, and inspiring.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie Poster Image
Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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